I am a fourth year PhD student in the Polar Climate and Prediction group working with Tom Bracegirdle, Emily Shuckburgh and Peter Haynes (DAMTP, University of Cambridge). I am also a member of the Dynamic Meteorology and Oceanography research group in DAMTP. My project involves looking at the dynamical mechanisms that link Arctic sea-ice loss to mid-latitude weather and climate. I am particularly interested in the role that stratosphere-troposphere coupling may play in this link, and whether the link is sensitive to different regions or magnitudes of sea-ice loss, or the background state of the atmosphere and ocean.
Before coming to BAS I did an MSc in Atmosphere, Ocean and Climate at the University of Reading, and a BSc in Maths and Geography at the University of St Andrews. During these degrees I did a couple of projects in physical oceanography: one on water mass mixing in the Faroe-Shetland Channel, and another on the link between Rossby wave-breaking and mesoscale eddy diffusivity in the Antarctic Circumpolar Current.
McKenna, C.M., Bracegirdle, T.J., Shuckburgh, E.F., Haynes, P.H., and Joshi, M.M. (2017). Arctic sea-ice loss in different regions leads to contrasting Northern Hemisphere impacts. Geophysical Research Letters, 44. doi:10.1002/2017GL076433.
McKenna C., Berx, B., and Austin, W.E.N. (2016). The decomposition of the Faroe-Shetland Channel water masses using Parametric Optimum Multi-Parameter analysis. Deep Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers, 107, pp.9-21. doi:10.1016/j.dsr.2015.10.013.
McKenna, Christine M., Bracegirdle, Thomas J., Shuckburgh, Emily F., Haynes, Peter H., Joshi, Manoj M.. (2018) Arctic Sea Ice Loss in Different Regions Leads to Contrasting Northern Hemisphere Impacts. Geophysical Research Letters, 45. 945-954. 10.1002/2017GL076433
FEATURED PAPER: Sea-ice loss impacts Northern Hemisphere
News 20 June, 2018